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USB Host support shown on Samsung Galaxy SII

Hum, I just love to have USB Host, think of all the hacks you can do with it, I wonder why most mobile maker just disable them on hardware even it is supported on hardware side already, like the Google Nexus One and MOTO Milestone….

Reminds me of my USB host cable on my Windows Mobile O2 Graphite, I plugged in a Playstation Joypad with PS to USB converter and played MAME on it..

Youtube Link

Samsung Galaxy Tab on hand.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

App Drawer

Top 3.5mm Audio jack

Bottom Sync Port

Top Front – Camera and Light Sensor

Left – TF Card and SIM card slot

Back Cover

Here are some basic technical info of the Tab:

Device Info
Device GT-P1000
Model GT-P1000
Product GT-P1000
Brand samsung
Release 2.2
Locale zh_HK

System Version
Linux version (root@sep-53) (gcc version 4.4.1 (Sourcery G++ Lite 2009q3-67) ) #1 Thu Nov 4 19:18:31 KST 2010

Basic Info
SD card storage Total: 12.66GB, Free: 12.59GB
A2SD storage Total: 1.87GB, Free: 1.79GB
Internal storage Total: 1.87GB, Free: 1.79GB
System storage Total: 319MB, Free: 4.48MB
System cache Total: 30.07MB, Free: 15.92MB
Memory Total: 444MB, Free: 168MB, Idle: 22.83MB
Processor ARMv7 Processor rev 2 (v7l) 800.0MHz
Network address ***MASKED***

Scaling CPU frequency:800000

Processor : ARMv7 Processor rev 2 (v7l)
BogoMIPS : 796.20
Features : swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp neon vfpv3
CPU implementer : 0x41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant : 0x2
CPU part : 0xc08
CPU revision : 2
Hardware : GT-P1000
Revision : 0012

Honest, I think it can get better, the overall operating speed was not that “fast” given that this as a “flagship” product.

My feeling is the OS can do more fine tune, we should give it sometime there,
but IMHO, for the price, usage, I will go for an iPad (even I am very not happy with iTunes and the “Open-ness” of iOS)

Working right now, post more later.

Testing a lot of new toys.

Currently thanks to mate J, I am testing a lot of different toys.

Will try to post some of them as a review/preview.

Fennec – Firefox for Android beta has been released.

It has been know that a port of Firefox for Android, as known as “Fennec” exist..

It is 4xMB in size (I finally come to this day that my N1 report it is FULL on storage, so I did empty some unused applications.)

Results were quite disappointed, speed was slow on my N1, rendering was messy, and it hangs so many times in my 5 minutes testing period.

I understand it is the first public beta, uninstalled by now, and wish all the best and hope it gets better and better in time.

If you are still interested to try it out yourself, head to:

Release Notes on this beta

MircoUSB AB Cable Pinout.

Just a note to me and anyone want it handy.

Pin Name Cable Color Description
1 VCC Red +5 VDC
2 D- White USB Data –
3 D+ Green USB Data +
5 GND Black Ground

MicroUSB ab jack from the Phone side.

MicroUSB ab jack from the Cable side.
MicroUSB ab jack from the Cable side.


Quick bits – Removing system camera sound

You will need root for this action.

Rename or remove:

you can do this by RootExplorer or adb.

Customized notifications, alarms and ringtones in Androids.

A Quick REF on custom sounds in Androids.

mp3 files has to be stored in:
And for different types, the DIR are:

This Android Life – Guide – Add custom ringtones and notifications to your Android device.

MOTO Milstone HK update 2.1 Released

Actually, it was released 2 days ago, I was too busy to get my hands on the update…

For more info on how to update, simply read the previous post at: MOTO Milstone HK update 2.0.1 Released

I notice a few things which has been updated, will make post on that next, when I have a bit more time.

MOTO Milestone Android 2.1 update leaked.

I was hinted by users that 2.1 update for Milestone has been leaked.

Since I am at work now, I did not test it yet, use it at your own risk!


MOTO Milestone Testing mode

Just a reference on getting into Testing Mode on the MOTO Milestone

In phone dialer, dial:

You get options like:
– Phone information
– Battery information
– Battery history
– Usage statistics

In Phone information you get to view many internal settings of the phone, like network status/report and signal ref, and you can also set some no so often needed internal settings like SMSC, GSM/WCDMA switch etc.

In Battery information you get to view your battery info.

In Battery history you can see usage in CPU/Network, GPS, Sensor, Partial wake usage and Other usage (like the info you saw in settings battery usage)

In Usage statistics you can view info of usage like App used time, Launch count etc.

Not that much useful for now, but good to keep a reference.